The injuries continue to seem to pile up for the Carolina Panthers with Ryan Kalil added to the list of players expected to miss playing time. Now his injury is not as severe as Kelvin Benjamin or Frank Alexander but the sprained knee is expected to keep him out of the rest of the preseason, according to ESPN’s David Newton.
Newton wrote that Kalil was not rehabbing during practice on Monday and that Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera said the team was just being cautious.
This is understandable because Kalil is one of the most valuable, and most unheralded, player on this offense. Last year the offensive line was constantly in flux but the coaching staff could always count on Kalil, who didn’t miss a single game last year.
This year the offensive line has looked considerably better but would take a major step backwards if Kalil misses any time during the regular season.
Newton noted that in practice on Monday right tackle Mike Remmers and backup center Brian Folkerts split time at center. This move inside by Remmers would mean an opportunity for fourth round rookie Daryl Williams to start at right tackle. So far this preseason, Williams has played very well and with Kalil out and Remmers inside, the rookie should get plenty of playing time.
The Carolina Panthers face the New England Patriots this Friday night at 7:30 PM at Bank of America Stadium.
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